Monday, January 24, 2011

Flor De Gonzalez "The Qban" Robusto Review

Flor De Gonzalez "The Qban" Robusto - 5 X 50. Wrapper - Ecuadorian Habano Maduro, Binder - Nicaragua, Filler - Nicaragua. Full bodied.

Initial lighting taste - Cinnamon and cedar.

First Third - Spice, cedar and cinnamon. Near the end of the first third, a nice leather flavor begins to emerge.

Second Third - Spice increases, cinnamon, leather and a fruit-like sweetness begins. So far balance is good.

Last Third - Strong spice continues, leather, cinnamon and the fruity sweetness. Very good complexity. Medium finish of spice and leather.

Construction - here is where one of the issues arise. The wrapper began to split and come apart in a couple of areas. Draw was somewhat tight but I was still able to smoke. Burn was good - a slight crooked white ash that held on.

I did enjoy the complexity and flavor profile of this cigar. I particularly liked the fruity sweetness complemented by the spice and leather. The only downfall was the issue of the draw and the wrapper. I have smoked a bunch of Flor De Gonzalez cigars in the past, and have never had any issues with the construction or draw so I will chalk this up to just this one stick. MSRP on the robusto is $7.00 which makes this a very good deal. A recommend.

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